I'm over halfway through this monster thread and about half done with my build. Got a closed top drum, cut the head, drilled intake holes, burned barrel, cleaned barrel, drilled grate holes, bought cheapo walmart kettle for lid and grate.
Next I'll sand and paint, attach lid and season
THANK YOU to a ton of folks here for all the work to develop this system and generously offer your experiences for newbies like me.
I will post pics but the cell phone card isn't cooperating right now